Trio Join The Board Of CASE
30th September 2002
Three new directors have been appointed to the board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE).
Joining the board is Colin Gregory who has a long and notable career in the nuclear power industry. He moved to Caithness with his family in 1970 to take up a position at the Dounreay nuclear plant following five years with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) south of the border.
Today, he is head of nuclear strategy and technology with a range of responsibilities including fuel, decommissioning and waste management strategies. Mr Gregory is married and enjoys photography, running and walking. He is chairman of the Local Area Board of Careers Scotland and is a council member of the Scottish Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Commenting on his appointment to the board, Mr Gregory said: "I very much welcome the opportunity to assist CASE with the task of procuring a secure and sustainable economy in the north. It is essential that the foundations are laid now for the enterprises which will sustain the local economy following the decommissioning of Dounreay."
John Campbell from Halkirk is the managing director of JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd. He set up the company in 1972 and has watched it grow steadily from one employee to 130 at present.
Mr Campbell's company is actively involved with the decommissioning of Dounreay having secured several long-term contracts. To accommodate the wide and varied technological challenges associated with decommissioning, JGC are currently developing a research/test facility at Janetstown Industrial Estate, near Thurso.
Mr Campbell said: "I hope that my experience and commitment to the local economy can help enhance future employment in all industries. Innovation and forward thinking must be promoted to ensure Caithness and Sutherland remain prosperous beyond the Dounreay decommissioning era."
Ian Richards lives in Wick and is commercial director at Ackergill Tower. Mr Richards is also a non-executive director of Grampian Records and is a Caithness Business Club committee member.
After over a decade of marketing experience within large multi-national companies, Mr Richards latterly enjoyed four years as marketing director for a rapidly expanding hobby company which sold its products in the UK and around the globe. He moved to the area from London in 1999 with his wife and two young children.
Commenting on his appointment to the board, Mr Richards said: "Since moving to the area I have been amazed at the business opportunities that abound in Caithness and Sutherland.
"Hopefully by working within the CASE framework I can help local people believe in themselves and grab the opportunities that exist. I am very much looking forward to it."
Welcoming the three new recruits to the board, CASE chairman Pat Buchanan said: "I am delighted to welcome three such experienced directors to the board of CASE. Each brings a wealth of knowledge from their own field of operation which will strengthen the board's strategic approach to growing the economies of Caithness and Sutherland. I very much look forward to working with them."
A Lewis man who recently moved to Shetland has been awarded funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help make kite energy a reality. Rod Read set up his company, Windswept and Interesting Ltd in 2012 when he started developing kite turbines.
The current phase of engineering works to strengthen the 1.9km viaduct that supports the railway track began in April 2021, with the aim of returning the funicular to service early next year. However, despite strong progress made in tough conditions, HIE has concluded that the planned timescale now needs to extend into the second half of 2022.
Orkney Cheese Company Limited is investing in a £925,000 refurbishment project, which is set to increase production, create jobs and help the company reach new markets over the next three years. Significant improvements will be made at the Hatston Industrial Estate based facility in Kirkwall.
There are currently several opportunities, across a broad range of disciplines for Graduates, from HNC to Post Graduate, to apply for within Businesses and Social Enterprises across Caithness and Sutherland. To register an interest please forward the following information firstname.lastname@example.org mid-day 17th September 2021: Full Name Educational Institute Award Attained and Subject Year of Graduation(e.g., 2020) Any additional subject/graduate position interests E-Mail Address Legally permitted towork in the UK (Yes / No) Available to work from Caithness or Sutherland (Yes / No) The details provided will be forwarded to the Businesses and Social Enterprises that have current vacancies and they will arrange to contact the Graduates direct.
Another 22 young business leaders from around the Highlands and Islands have become the latest to take part in a year-long programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. The IMPACT30 programme is open to people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles in young, ambitious businesses.
For the 5th year running HIE has joined forces with SE and SOSE to fund the RLP, which is aimed at business managers and employees from rural businesses (both private/social enterprises), who have a desire to develop their leadership skills and grow their business. In previous years farmers and land-based consultancies have dominated the cohorts, HIE are keen to promote the opportunity to rural businesses across the sectoral mix we have in our rural economy.
Plans for Caithness to become the host site for a prototype generator for one of the world's most efficient, cleanest and lowest carbon forms of energy have taken a step forward. A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted by the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) in March.
The mountain resort will enhance its summer offering with a new blue accessed gondola trail that, once completed, will be the UK's longest uplift accessed mountain bike trail. A new and more convenient controlled entry car parking system will also be installed for summer 2021 which will allow visitors the option to pre-purchase parking tickets online.
Scotland's development agency for the Highlands and Islands has set out its plans to create jobs and support an inclusive and green economic recovery over the coming year. Action for Jobs and Communities is the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) operating plan for 2021-22.
Virtual taster sessions are arranged for 24 June and 28 July for Pathfinder Accelerator, which is a six-month programme designed to help participants build a company or launch a new product saving time and money. Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the programme provides fast-track training and mentoring and will be delivered completely online.